10. September 2015 · Comments Off on How Athletes Benefit For Life · Categories: Kid Sports

Benefits For High School Athletes

 

Below we’ll take a look at some insights Kevin Kniffin shared with the New York times on how high school athletes reap benefits throughout their entire lives.

Sports offer formative and life-long lessons that stick with people who play.
Those lessons presumably help to account for the findings that people who played for a varsity high school team tend to earn relatively higher salaries later in life.

Research to which I contributed, complementing previous studies, showed that people who played high school sports tend to get better jobs, with better pay, and that those benefits last a lifetime.

Hiring managers expect former student-athletes (compared with people who participated in other popular extracurriculars) to have more self-confidence, self-respect and leadership; actual measures of behavior in a sample of people who had graduated from high school more than five decades earlier showed those expectations proved accurate.

We also found that former student-athletes tend to donate time and money more frequently than people who weren’t part of teams.

– via www.nytimes.com

Athletes In The Workplace

Did you know that athletes benefit in the workplace? It may seem silly, but it’s true! Being an athlete increases your self-confidence and competitive nature, which helps in every type of job. Here’s a look at how.

Athletes make more money because their self-confidence and competitive nature makes them choose jobs that pay more money, says James Shulman, author of The Game of Life: College Sport and Educational Values.

“This happens from every group of athletes from the liberal arts colleges to big-time sports. It is not affected or skewed by a few people winning million-dollar NFL contracts or anything like that.”

Another reason athletes make more money is that they fit in better in today’s workplace, which values emotional intelligence over academic intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the “soft skills” that enable smooth running interpersonal relationships at work — such as the ability to read peoples’ nonverbal cues and the ability to manage oneself within a team.

For athletes, this is great news. Non-athletes should stop complaining about the unfair advantage, and instead, take steps to confer some of the advantages of being an athlete on themselves.

If you are out of school, there are still opportunities to join teams that cater to adult beginners. But if you can’t imagine doing that, at least go to the gym. It’s no coincidence two thirds of female business executives and 75 percent of all chief executives, exercise regularly, Crispen said.

While you do not gain team-oriented benefits from individual exercise, you do cultivate business essentials such as self-discipline, goal setting, and self-confidence.

– via blog.penelopetrunk.com

Are you a student athlete? If you’re on a sports team consider working on your vertical jump to improve your muscle function and to help the way you play — no matter your sport. This small technical ability can help the way you perform on a team overall.

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